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National monument at Moore Street unlikely to get go ahead

THERE are fears that the 1916 National Monument may not get the go ahead as Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail plan to vote against a deal that would make the museum possible.

At Monday night's Dublin City Council meeting councillors will be asked to vote on a proposed "land swap" between the council (who own 24 and 25 Moore Street) and developers Chartered Land (who own 14 to 17 Moore Street).

Number 16 was the final HQ of the 1916 leaders before surrender and a monument has been planned for the terrace.

Sinn Fein, with 16 seats, is the largest party in Dublin City Council and following the Independents with 12 seats, Fianna Fail is the next largest party with nine seats.

Fianna Fail's leader on the council Paul McAuliffe told the Herald that his party will be rejecting the deal between the council and the developers on Monday night.

And Sinn Fein leader councillor Seamas McGrattan also said that his party will vote to reject the deal.

"We don't feel the proposal goes far enough and we want the whole of Moore Street turned into a Battlefield Site to commemorate what happened here," Mr McGrattan stated.

"As chairman of the Moore Street Advisory Committee, which did a huge amount of work in protecting the National Monument site, I'd be fearful that if the land swap is rejected nothing will be built there for 2016, and that perhaps nothing will ever be built there," said Independent councillor Nial Ring.